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Old 4th January 2010, 06:10   #1
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We have Westmere parts in our hands (a bit earlier than we expected last year) with Clarkdale and while I am impressed to see the technology working, the processor really fills a specific market segment. The most specific thing I can say to a potential buyer of a Clarkdale processor is this: it only makes sense to buy one if you are going to utilize the integrated graphics. If you plan on adding a discrete graphics card anyway, then it makes more sense to use that processor budget for a Lynnfield part.

The exception to this? Extreme low cost requirements. You can get a Core i3 processor for $113 that will give you similar levels of CPU performance but without the Turbo Mode features. You still get the Intel HD Graphics and HyperThreading support so you could create a nice HTPC system for minimal cost by pairing it with one of the Intel HD55TC mATX motherboards or another option.
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=849
http://techreport.com/articles.x/18216
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...-661,2514.html
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...le-review.html
http://anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3704
http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi...l_core_i5_661/
http://techgage.com/article/intels_3..._for_everyone/
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/308...gpu/index.html
http://www.techspot.com/news/37473-i...-graphics.html
http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1753
http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...l_core_i5_661/
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http://anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=3705
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...dale,2522.html
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=850
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Old 4th January 2010, 07:46   #2
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http://www.overclockers.com.au/artic...?id=838342&P=1

consensus seems to be i3 530/540 are the only ones worth buying then...

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Anandtech discourages buying any of the Clarkdale Core i5 variants as they offer horrible price/performance ratio. The only valuable options are the two Core i3 models, and those mostly for HTPC or very entry level setups;

mixed results overall thus, not really the C2D replacement I was hoping for. The onboard IGP and memory controller moved off-die really screws up that plan. Bring out Core i3 with single 32nm die with onboard memory controller and without IGP (next to models with the IGP for business) and it will be a more worthy successor.
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the same can't be said for the mobile versions, these simply knock the socks off the C2D variants






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So I can release my article?

Good, I'll round up my testing
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LOL

OC report on 32nm Clarkdale: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=242448


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